Originally set up on the 13th of June 2011 under the name of Record-Review, the site soon started receiving attention from bands both in the UK and further afield. Offering bands a chance to be seen and heard when most major magazines and websites don’t look twice, Dave Nicholls and Bobbo began to build a site which offered bands a place they could effectively call their own.

Since setting up, Loud-Stuff has gone through numerous transformations and has evolved in line with our audience. In late 2013 the site was completely rebuilt and moved to a new provider to keep things as streamlined as possible and to continue providing as many reviews as we can possibly do for bands.

Now in 2016 the team has grown and we have welcomed Joanna, Mark, Lee, Layla and Rik to our ranks. With a new website launch, we are hoping to take Loud-Stuff to the next level.

Regardless of change, the aim behind Loud-Stuff has always been the same – to help get the word about awesome bands out there and to make the scene better.

Should you wish to be featured on Loud-Stuff then drop us an email at jo@loud-stuff.com


Jo Wilson – Chief Editor, Writer and Reviewer

Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80’s synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

If you want to get involved with Loud Stuff email jo@loud-sttuff.com

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Mark Sanders – Reviewer and Webmaster

Musical explorer, festival connoisseur and website overseer. Mark’s tastes are rooted in black and folk metal, but reach far and wide in search for any music that can convey real feeling and take a listener into realms beyond and within. With the belief that there are few experiences more moving and powerful in this world than live music, he seeks out concerts and festivals wherever possible.


Rik Scott – Writer and Reviewer

Rik has a history of songwriting / vocal & synth performance for a handful of bands and solo projects and also has experience of audio engineering as a Music Tech BA Hons graduate of the London College of Music.
He has a keen passion for music spanning a multitude of genres, including European Melodic Black Metal, Melodeath & Technical Death, various Industrial / EBM / Darkwave artists, epic ‘Trailer Music’ and even the darker, primal side of Folk, Country & Blues.  He mostly enjoys material that is thought-provoking, with plenty of technicality, melody, atmosphere and an interesting subject matter… but there’s always room for a bit of good fun and silliness too.
Though Rik tends to lean towards darker, more extreme forms of music, growing up the son of a Northern & Modern Soul DJ, his broad appreciation for music leaves almost no style off limits to exploration.  Being a part of Loud-Stuff provides the ideal opportunity to continue that discovery and exploration, which he hopes comes across in each of his publications.


Layla Meade – Writer and Reviewer

Always looking to try something new, Layla enjoys listening to new bands and finding something really special. Favourite bands include Bast, Majalis, Insomnium, The Prophecy, My Dying Bride, Anathema and Orphaned Land. As well as listening to music, Layla enjoys going to local gigs and festivals, reading (fantasy, horror, classics), watching anime and gaming.


Joseph Weinling – Writer and Reviewer

Joseph is a guitarist and songwriter for folk metal bands Sköll and Accursed Years, as well as his own black metal side project Nekromancer. His roots are deep within the folk metal scene but he draws inspiration from many other genres including all sub-genres of metal, country, folk and blues. As a keen music enthusiast, festival goer, and CD & Vinyl collector Joseph lives for music. When he’s not on the stage performing, he’s in the audience watching or somewhere else writing new material for his bands.
On top of this he studies Live Sound Engineering with Deep Blue Sound, and hopes to end up working full time in the industry as a performer and sound technician. So when given the opportunity to become a part of Loud-Stuff, and to get even more involved with the music scene, he couldn’t help himself!”


Luke Harman – Writer and Reviewer

Born 25/08/1998 and live in Wiltshire, South West. Got into metal at around 12 years old and started with Metallica, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath. Started to get into heavier, more aggressive stuff like Amon Amarth, Pantera, Slayer, Testament, Kreator, Sodom, Sepultura etc


Leanne King – Writer and Reviewer

Leanne is in love with music, it gives her a burning desire that warms her from the inside like a jack o lantern on All Hallows Eve. From her first love The Sisters Of Mercy to Motley Crue, from The Misfits to Wednesday 13, From Alice In Chains to Reckless Love, and all those in between! Leanne believes for every sound, there is a labyrinth waiting for it. Hobbies include all things horror, nature, travelling, festivals and creating funny art and wearable crafts. Favourite Quote: Music Gives The Universe A Soul And Flight To Imagination…